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Big Ship Cruising

Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean operates the world’s largest cruise ships. Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean

What do you want to do today? Where do you want to eat? On a big ship, these are legitimate questions that need to be answered because the choices are not limited to either/or.

The major cruise lines that have been unveiling and sailing larger and larger cruise ships for the past decade take pride in offering so many choices that, for instance, it takes a week to visit every restaurant or dining room for dinner.

Superliners from Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa CruisesMSC CruisesNorwegian Cruise LinePrincess Cruises,  Royal Caribbean International and others provide a cruise vacation that can be wild and wooly one minute and cool, calm and collected the next. The facilities on these floating resorts, which all deserve the state-of-the-art label, will satisfy everyone from the health nut who wants to stay fit to the party animal who wants to dance all night.

How do you choose between, say, Carnival, Royal Caribbean or Norwegian?

It’s the big ships that feature the headline-grabbing innovations like surfing and sky-diving simulators, rock-climbing walls, ice skating rinks and wave pools, but because they are newer, they also feature some of the neatest twists on cruise-ship staples such as health spas, libraries and game rooms.

Mix in a few days visiting appealing ports, and a week on a big ship will seem to fly by. What may be most impressive, though, is how these ships can accommodate more than 4,000 people while not seeming crowded. More than anything, that’s a testament to all the different choices everyone is making every day.

Big ships typically offer exceptional value, but get you with the on-board spending. You’ll pay for extra for everything, soft drinks, speciality coffees, wine, beer and spirits. Plus, you’ll need to budget extra, as gratuities are not included as they are on luxury cruises.  Still, big ship cruising can be tons of fun, and they offer up something for everyone in the family.

Big Ship Cruise Reviews By Cruise Line

Big Ship Cruise Reviews By Cruise Ship

Big ships offer a multitude of features that really are designed to please everyone. But not all big ships are created equal. To read a review of a particular ship, click the link under "Read the Review." If applicable, our Live Voyage Reports offer a day-by-day overview of an actual cruise onboard. In some cases, there may be more than one report, to be sure to see if your favorite destination is represented.

Cruise LineShip ReviewLive Voyage Report
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Breeze Review• 8-Night Eastern Caribbean
• Inagural Season First Impressions
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Conquest Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Dream Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Ecstasy Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Elation Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Fantasy Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Fascination Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Freedom Review• Western Caribbean from Galveston
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Glory Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Imagination Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Inspiration Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Legend Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Liberty Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Magic Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Miracle Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Paradise Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Pride Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Sensation Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Spirit Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Splendor Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Sunshine Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Triumph Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Valor Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Victory Review
Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Vista Review
Costa CruisesCosta Atlantica Review
Costa CruisesCosta Deliziosa Review
Costa CruisesCosta Diadema Review
Costa CruisesCosta Favolosa Review
Costa CruisesCosta Fascinosa Review
Costa CruisesCosta Fortuna Review
Costa CruisesCosta Luminosa Review
Costa CruisesCosta Magica Review
Costa CruisesCosta Mediterranea Review
Costa CruisesCosta neoClassica Review
Costa CruisesCosta neoRomantica Review
Costa CruisesCosta neoRiviera Review
Costa CruisesCosta Pacifica Review
Costa CruisesCosta Serena Review
Costa CruisesCosta Victoria Review
Disney Cruise LineDisney Dream Review
Disney Cruise LineDisney Fantasy Review
Disney Cruise LineDisney Magic Review
Disney Cruise LineDisney Wonder Review
MSC CruisesMSC Armonia Review
MSC CruisesMSC Divina Review• Eastern Caribbean from Miami
MSC CruisesMSC Fantasia Review
MSC CruisesMSC Lirica Review
MSC CruisesMSC Magnifica Review
MSC CruisesMSC Musica Review
MSC CruisesMSC Opera Review
MSC CruisesMSC Orchestra Review
MSC CruisesMSC Poesia Review
MSC CruisesMSC Sinfonia Review
MSC CruisesMSC Splendida Review
Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Breakaway Review• Christening Ceremonies in New York
Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Dawn Review
Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Epic Review• Eastern Caribbean from Miami
Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Gem Review
Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Getaway Review
Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Jade Review
Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Jewel Review
Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Pearl Review• Alaska & Glacier Bay from Seattle
Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Sky Review
Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Spirit Review
Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Star Review
Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Sun Review
Norwegian Cruise LinePride of America Review
Princess CruisesCaribbean Princess Review
Princess CruisesCoral Princess Review• Southbound Alaska - Whittier to Vancouver
Princess CruisesCrown Princess Review
Princess CruisesDawn Princess Review
Princess CruisesDiamond Princess Review
Princess CruisesEmerald Princess Review
Princess CruisesGolden Princess Review
Princess CruisesGrand Princess Review
Princess CruisesIsland Princess Review
Princess CruisesOcean Princess Review
Princess CruisesPacific Princess Review
Princess CruisesRegal Princess Review
Princess CruisesRoyal Princess Review
Princess CruisesRuby Princess Review
Princess CruisesSapphire Princess Review
Princess CruisesSea Princess Review
Princess CruisesStar Princess Review• Alaska from San Francisco
Princess CruisesSun Princess Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalAdventure of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalAnthem of the Seas Preview
Royal Caribbean InternationalAllure of the Seas Review• A Day on the Boardwalk With Kids
Royal Caribbean InternationalBrilliance of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalEnchantment of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalExplorer of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalFreedom of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalGrandeur of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalIndependence of the Seas
Royal Caribbean InternationalJewel of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalLegend of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalLiberty of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalMajesty of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalMariner of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalNavigator of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalOasis of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalQuantum of the Seas Review• New York Inaugural Preview Cruise
Royal Caribbean InternationalRadiance of the Seas Review• Royal Advantage Makeover in Esquimalt, BC
Royal Caribbean InternationalRhapsody of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalSerenade of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalSplendour of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalVision of the Seas Review
Royal Caribbean InternationalVoyager of the Seas Review